Warcross by Marie Lu

Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | Fantasy

Pages: 353

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When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. When Emika hacks into the game illegally, she’s convinced she’ll be arrested, and is shocked when she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem…and he wants Emika for the job.


“It is hard to describe loss to someone who has never experienced it, impossible to explain all the ways it changes you. But for those who have, not a single word is needed.”

“Everyone has a different way of escaping the dark stillness of their mind.”

“Every locked door has a key. Every problem has a solution.”

– Marie Lu

I read Warcross as part of the Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019, for the prompt “a LitRPG book”. Until this point I had never heard of such a thing, and after some research as to what sort of books qualify as LitRPG, I realised that this is a prompt I would not be looking forward to. I decided to get this book done and dusted pretty quickly.

I am a heavy gamer myself, but to read about a characters adventures within an online computer game just does not appeal to me. The only thing that kept me going with Warcross was the characters. Apart from Hideo, who appeared to have no personality at all, each and every character interested me. There was so much diversity represented; disability, lgbtq+, the rich, the poor.

The book wasn’t completely terrible, but the whole science fiction and fantasy genre usually does not appeal to me. I like things to be kept realistic so that there may be a possibility of actually relating to characters situations. However this is what I love about the Popsugar Challenge. It drives me to read books I would ordinarily give a wide berth

I give the book 2 hearts, one for the loveable characters and another for the concept of the book. It is amazing to imagine a game like Warcross existing, however it just wouldn’t be for me. I’m glad I gave this book a try though, every book deserves a chance.